Author: K.L. Slater
Publication Date: July 27, 2018
Page Count: 331
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
You think you can trust the ones you love most.
But what if one secret could make you question everything?
Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling.
She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died.
She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t.
She doesn’t know Archie has a secret.
A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life…
The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.
Having read several of K.L. Slater’s previous psychological thrillers I knew that I was going to be in for one good read with The Secret and thankfully I was right. The Secret took only a few page turns to pull me in and easily became one of those books you just don’t want to put down until the end.
The story is about two sisters, Alice and Louise, and switches the point of view between them while also flashing back at various times in their lives. Louise is the married, confident, working mother who leads a very busy life and looks down upon Alice thinking she has had it too easy in life.
Meanwhile Alice suffers everyday with bouts of anxiety and can barely leave her apartment that she used to share with her mother before she passed. Since Alice is home and not working Louise often calls upon her to watch her young son, Archie. With Archie in her care so often Alice begins to see signs that something is bothering him and vows to find out the cause.
I think we can all guess from the title of this one that there were going to be at least one good secret that needed unraveling between these sisters but really the story had a lot going on to hold one’s attention. To be quite honest though I think K.L. Slater for me is the type of author that could sell me on Kermit the Frog being the villain in the end because the journey is always so enjoyable. Thankfully though the ending also lived up to the journey with this one and I’d definitely recommend this one to the thriller fans out there that enjoy a dizzying ride.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Visitor.’ Her latest thriller, ‘The Secret’ will be published by Bookouture on 27th July 2018 and is now available for pre-order.
Kim’s titles are soon to be published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer, has one grown-up daughter, Francesca, and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.
She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.
Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
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